Appellate Advocacy Blog

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James E. Rogers College of Law

Friday, October 27, 2017

Appellate Advocacy Blog Weekly Roundup October 27, 2017

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Each week, the Appellate Advocacy Blog Weekly Roundup presents a few tidbits of news and Twitter posts from the past week concerning appellate advocacy. As always, if you see something during the week that you think we should be sure to include, feel free to send Dan a quick email at or a message on Twitter(@Daniel_L_Real).


Supreme Court News and Tidbits:

Must the government pay business losses when it takes private property? The Supreme Court may answer that question if it decides to hear the case involving a Louisiana “dirt farmer.” An article by Mark Sherman for the Associated Press explains the case and issue. The article can be found HERE.


The Supreme Court Justices took a break from tackling complex legal issues to help celebrate Harvard Law’s bicentennial. The Associated Press has this report.


In this essay published in The New York Times, Linda Greenhouse asks: “Will Politics Tarnish the Supreme Court’s Legitimacy?”


Appellate Court Decisions:

Garza v. Hargan – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit entered order on a petition for rehearing en banc ordering that an undocumented teen can have an abortion. Merrick Garland is the Chief Judge on the panel. An article on the decision can be found HERE


Posner Benchslap – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit voted unanimously to reverse the conviction of a pro se litigant whom Posner had berated, which comes on the heels of Posner’s public accusations that he retired because the court needed to treat pro se litigants better. Above The Law has this report. The Court's decision can be found HERE


Practice Tips:

UNC Law will host a panel discussion on Appellate Practice, which will include several members of #AppellateTwitter. Click HERE for more information.


This article from the Champion provides some great advice on appellate briefing. 


Other Items of Interest

In more Posner news, Posner wants to get rid of lawyers. Read his thoughts in this article in the Chicago Tribune

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